Sales tax panel on the agenda

THE WESTMINSTER City Council will consider creation of a sales tax oversight panel (Shutterstock).

By Declan McDaniels/Orange County Tribune 

A vote on the establishment of a Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure Y, the one-cent sales tax approved last year by voters, goes before Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

The ballot measure came as Measure SS from 2016 expired on December 31, 2022. Measure SS generated $76,773,198 in revenue for the City of Westminster over the lifetime of the tax measure.

According to the final report on Measure SS, “The revenue provided five years of balanced budgets, stabilizing Westminster finances and allowed the city to pay for ongoing contractual obligations for basic local services, most notably police and fire services.”

Each council member will appoint one member to the committee. The job of the committee is to review the funds generated through Measure Y and where that money is going. Measure SS also had a Citizens Oversight Committee, and the Roles and Responsibilities of the new committee will stay consistent with the previous.

Also on the agenda is  a resolution authorizing the execution of a $40,000 grant award contract administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in fiscal year 2023-2024.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in its council chambers at 8200 Westminster Boulevard.

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